Sitting Since 1990 – 1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster

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Post Listing Update: This Sportster did not get any interest at the opening ask of $2,900.


It could be argued that the Harley Davidson Sportster recipe is so good that it is destined to die without changing. An air cooled v-twin and carefree attitude has always been undeniably cool. Even in 1979, 20 years of R&D gave the Sportster a 12 volt ignition with electric start, upgraded forks, and a wet clutch. Classic American escalation brought the original 883cc engine to 1000cc with even more character and torque. When people around the world say “Harley,” they mean Sportster. A great man once said no American motorcyclist’s journey is complete without owning one.

This 1979 Sportster has been stored since 1990 in Pennsylvania. Almost 30 years hidden away has done well to preserve it. The looks remain straight up 70s, with a sissy bar and dual seat that seem ready to ride into the sunset. Several pictures are honest about the cosmetic condition. Some pitting on the forks is visible next to a Pennsylvania parking sticker from 1991, likely the last time the pistons saw a spark. Additionally, the paint and chrome look decent, but a polish could likely bring them back to new. The most exciting part about any bike recently shown the light is mileage. This one is no different with just 6,662 ticks on the odometer. Any barn find is a risk, but the final product is almost always worth the effort. As always, no reserve auctions are the best indicators of market value. Where do you guys think it’ll end up?

Find this Sportster for sale in West Chester, Pennsylvania with an unmet opening bid of $2,900

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